Forbidden Room, The Directed
Co-Director: Evan Johnson
CANADA / 2015 / 120 minutes CLOSING NIGHT FILM
Times and Venues:
Q&A Attendees *subject to change: Guy Maddin
SYNOPSIS: The Forbidden Room is Guy Maddin's ultimate epic phantasmagoria.
Honoring classic cinema while electrocuting it with energy, this Russian nesting
doll of a film begins with the crew of a
doomed submarine chewing flapjacks in a desperate attempt to breathe the
Suddenly, impossibly, a lost woodsman wanders into their company and tells his
tale of escaping from a fearsome clan of cave dwellers. From here, Maddin and
co-director Evan Johnson take us high into the air, around the world, and into
dreamscapes, spinning tales of amnesia, captivity, deception and murder,
skeleton women and vampire bananas. Playing like some glorious meeting
between Italo Calvino, Sergei Eisenstein and a perverted six year-old child, The Forbidden Room is Maddin's grand ode to lost cinema. Created with the help
of master poet John Ashbery, the film features Mathieu Amalric, Udo Kier,
Charlotte Rampling, Geraldine Chaplin, Roy Dupuis, Clara Furey, Louis Negin,
Maria de Medeiros, Jacques Nolot, Adele Haenel, Amira Casar & Elina
Loewensohn as a cavalcade of misfits, thieves and lovers, all joined in the joyful
delirium of the kaleidoscopic viewing experience.
Guy Maddin is an installation and internet artist, lecturer at Harvard, writer and filmmaker, the director of eleven feature-length movies, My Winnipeg (2007), The Saddest Music in the World (2003), and innumerable shorts. He has also mounted around the world over seventy performances of his films featuring live elements - orchestra, sound effects, singing and narration.
Twice Maddin has won America's National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Experimental Film, with Archangel (1991) and The Heart of the World (2001). He has been bestowed many other awards, including the Telluride Silver Medal in 1995, the San Francisco International Film Festival's Persistence of Vision Award in 2006, and an Emmy for his ballet film Dracula - Pages from a Virgin's Diary (2002). Maddin is a print journalist and author of three books. He is also a member of The Order of Canada & The Order of Manitoba.
Cast/Featuring: Roy Dupuis, Clara Furey, Louis Negin, Mathieu Amalric, Geraldine Chaplin, Amira Casar, Charlotte Rampling, Karine Vanasse, Jacques Nolot and Udo Kier
Producer(s): Phoebe Greenberg, Penny Mancuso, Phyllis Laing,
Director(s): Guy Maddin
Co-Director: Evan Johnson
Screenwriter(s): Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson, Robert Kotyk
Cinematographer(s): Stephanie Weber-Biron, Ben Kasulke (Paris)
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